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Towards a Sustainable Agriculture – The Living Soil Part 2

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2001
Author: Lady Eve Balfour

In the January issue, Lady Eve Balfour’s article outlined the early years of the organic movement and listed a number of reasons why chemical agriculture is doomed. This concluding section gives practical advice on caring for the soil and then looks at the aim of sustainable agriculture systems.

We still hear, though less frequently than we used to, the argument that there is no scientific basis for advocating exclusive use of organic manures, such as farmyard manure and compost, because “there is absolutely no difference between a plant nutrient contained in organic materials and the same nutrient in inorganic chemical form”.

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